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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #1
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    Lower back gets tight doing squats, dead lifts, bench, everything

    I am going to guess that means my lower back is my weak link? Is that correct? It doesn't really hurt or get sure it is just gets tight really fast.

    You can check out my journal and see that I am doing the beginners 3x5
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    Goal To be the Strongest Huggins! - started again on 2/24/11 then again 2/27/12
    squat: 420 405 x 5
    bench: 355 320 x 3
    deadlift: 455 420 x 3
    Total 1215 on a single day

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    What kind of warmup are you doing?

    Foam rollers can help a lot of people to loosen up their low back before training.
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    Warmup properly and enough and lots of stretching. Maybe your routine is over-taxing your lower back?
    Give chalk a chance.


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    Are you using your glutes and abs to support your lower back during your lifts, or you just throwing everything on your lower back and letting it get smoked??

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    Form and tight hamstrings, most likely and most simply.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Tom Mutaffis: I will look into a foam roller. thanks

    Currently I will do about 10 minutes of cardio to warm up. (usually eliptical) I will also put on a lighter weight and do a warm up set. It certainly sounds like I am not warming up properly. (currently I am not using allot of weight on my workout) What would you recommend for a good lower back warm up?
    rbtrout: It might be a little to taxing for my lower back but I am not using much weight yet.

    Brad8: Great point. I will certainly focus on keeping my glutes and abs tense. I believe I am but I should focus on that more.

    Sensei: I am going very light to work on my form on all of my workout. I also have someone (wife or partner) watch my back on most squats and dead lifts.

    It seems like I need to warm up more and focus on my form even more with my lifts. Thanks.

    I need to record myself when I squat and make sure I am doing the proper form.
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    Goal To be the Strongest Huggins! - started again on 2/24/11 then again 2/27/12
    squat: 420 405 x 5
    bench: 355 320 x 3
    deadlift: 455 420 x 3
    Total 1215 on a single day

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    What do you do for your warmup on squats?
    Check out my journal:
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    Goal To be the Strongest Huggins! - started again on 2/24/11 then again 2/27/12
    squat: 420 405 x 5
    bench: 355 320 x 3
    deadlift: 455 420 x 3
    Total 1215 on a single day

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    what is your working weight?
    6'0" 202lbs @ 16.2%bf
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    Your lumbar region is weak. Work on your core, Hypers, SLDL, GoodMornings etc.
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    I get the same thing. Prbably my gut brand new hanging out though.

    Or it could be that as you get bigger you carry around more weight, both in and out of the gym, so its really taxing from an endurance standpoint on the low back. Plus if you bench with a tight arch it will add stress to the low back as well.

    I don't think it's a strength issue though, if anything you will need stronger abs.

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    Daone - that is what I was thinking.

    Reko - I have never weighed this much in my life. It does certainly put added strain on my body. Actually I was going to mention that when I did good mornings yesterday my abs nearly cramped up after I was done. I certainly know they are not very strong. I have added some abb work after my normal work out.s
    Check out my journal:
    http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=117073

    Goal To be the Strongest Huggins! - started again on 2/24/11 then again 2/27/12
    squat: 420 405 x 5
    bench: 355 320 x 3
    deadlift: 455 420 x 3
    Total 1215 on a single day

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    Take your time warming up, as others suggested. I also recommend a foam roller. Practice good form and I think you should be okay.
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